Leaving my 9-5 programming job and moving to a desk-free, “digital nomad” lifestyle has been the most amazing journey of my life. I’ve had the chance to take in new experiences, meet new people, and see some pretty amazing things, but it wouldn’t be possible if I wasn’t in front of the computer now and then, looking for projects and plugging away at a bit of code. Read More →
I’ve been on the road a lot, and it’s not always easy to work in cafes as you dream it will be. There’s that whole having to pay for more coffee when you don’t want another one (to avoid getting kicked out) thing- and after a while, the stiff chairs and lack of power outlets isn’t a huge plus. Read More →
How long have you been sat there before you came across this article? The truth is that most of us spend way too much time staring at our screens all day.
The harsh truth is that even though we love our screens for work, TV, and just messing around on the internet, we have to take steps to make sure we don’t overdo it. Read More →
In my career I worked on some interesting projects. The most interesting ones are always the most challenging. I’m not a great fan of doing the same thing over and over, so once in a while I try looking for a new project or a new client which can give me that challenge. On this website I like sharing those challenges with my readers in the hope that you’ll learn something and can apply what I learned to your own projects.
Last week, we took on a new client that wanted to develop a portal for California residents looking for a locksmith service. This is a unique project that has never been done before so we had our work cut out for us. In this article I’ll outline exactly how we set up this website in the hope that a case study like this will help other website developers and programmers struggling with the same problems we’ve encountered.
To give you a little more background, there are plenty of websites offering similar services for other types of contractors, but not for locksmiths. So we could use similar websites as a guide, but at the end of the day, we were still in somewhat new territory with this new project.
The website we were asked to make is made up of a database which splits up locksmiths into different cities in California. So in effect a new page is created for each city. For example a locksmith in San Jose, California will be on a separate page than a locksmith in Willow Glen. All locksmiths on the website are previously reviewed and need to meet certain criteria. Our job was to develop a system to filter out the locksmiths that did not meet the criteria. Those that didn’t meet the required assessment levels are therefore automatically excluded from being displayed on the website. The reason for doing this automatically is that as the website becomes larger and larger, it may become unmanageable from someone to do all of this by hand. It also ensures quality remains high.
The key goal of the entire website is to help people who are searching for a local locksmith close to them. If a user was to search for a local locksmith in Anaheim CA, they will automatically go to a list of suitable local locksmiths in Anaheim. This saves the user time, especially if it’s an emergency. Because of this, the website needs to work correctly and actually put the user into contact with a locksmith near them very fast. Because the website needs to be fast, we selected a cloud server as a hosting platform. This ensures that wherever the user is, the website will be displayed much faster than on a regular website hosting platform. We recommend this kind of set-up for all of our clients. The pictures and the videos of the website are hosted on a separate cloud server to speed up loading times even further. We’re actually seeing load speeds of 2.1 seconds right now which is incredibly fast for this type of website.
Hopefully sharing some of the details of this project has helped a few of you and given you some ideas on how to improve your own projects.
I was a bit sad this morning when I saw that two more of my good friends had taken it upon themselves to switch careers again. I’ve worked in the computer programming business for a number of years now, but in this climate of highly competitive contracts and low employment, there’s been a general shift in the trend of coders who have started to look for work elsewhere.
There are several reasons for this – first, even though the computer industry is flourishing and there is always a need for programmers and coders (especially for up-and-coming apps, website development, etc.), it’s become a lot easier for a single coder to take on a number of projects, which eliminates the work-pool and available contracts. Additionally, especially where websites are concerned, there are a lot of pre-packaged easy-to-use tools that allow even the most amateur programmer to design and create their own webpages.
As a result, the programmer industry has seen an exodus of some of their best coders. My friends are only the most recent examples. But what sort of work is an ex-coder or programmer equipped or qualified for? Well, it seems that many industry professionals and construction companies are looking for electricians. There is a lot of hands on work involved with electrical wiring, whether it be with big corporate building contracts like office buildings, or more down-scaled projects like residential homes.
I got in touch with my friend to see how he was enjoying his new vocation, and he actually had some good things to say about. First, coding can (admittedly) be a bit of a boring job, especially when it comes to revising and testing – on the other hand, my friend really enjoys being able to work with his hands and move around, and it’s never boring. Every contract his company moves around, so he’s always working on a new project, and gets to coordinate with a lot of other people. I suspect he won’t earn as much as an electrician as he did as a programmer but for him the increase in happiness is well worth the loss in wages.
I’m not saying that I’m ready to give up my career as a programmer just yet, but I was interested by the skill-sets and how well they transfer over. I think there will always be need for programmers like myself, but at the same time, it is a comfort to know that I may have another option if I ever decide to do something different.
At the same time, my other friend has found work as a dialysis technician. He now works with a local clinic, helping people with their dialysis treatment, which essentially helps to clean their blood of toxic build-up that their kidneys can’t deal with. This was even more surprising, because it seemed like such a departure from being a programmer. At the same time, he loves that he is able to work with the community and help people.
We’ll see, I guess. In the meantime, as much as I am sorry to see more friends leave the programming trade, I am really happy that they have managed to find full time employment doing something else that they love and have a passion for.
Knowing the spots where mold hides and the ones where it doesn’t can mean all the difference between a costly remediation process and a cheap one. Consequently, maintenance managers are always searching for faster, more accurate and cheaper ways to detect the mold and its underlying cause, moisture, behind their building’s walls.
Modern enhancements in radar technology have the potential of making current mold-detection mechanisms obsolete, as per ARTI’s (Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology Institute) findings. A feasibility study conducted by researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute used an infusion of water and mold spores on a gypsum soaked wallboard to create a mold culture, and then tested a radar system’s efficiency in detecting the mold behind the wallboard – they discovered that their device was able to pinpoint the areas of humidity (and thus of mold growth) behind the wall.
Victor DeJesus, a researcher at GTRI, stated on record that they were highly successful in detecting moisture using radar.
Radar or infrared?
There are currently plenty of infrared devices being offered by various manufacturers that help in detecting moisture, which could lead to the question, “What’s the big deal about radar?”
Although infrared technology is great for a number of applications, it is bound by one thing – it needs a temperature gradient to develop a good picture. Microenvironments often have temperature differentials, but these have to be clear in order to get detected via infrared. Rather than depending on temperature differences, radar devices use microwave tech combined with mathematical analysis of data to develop maps that detect mold / moisture.
Moreover, the resolution of the image generated by an infrared device isn’t usually as good as that of one taken by a radar device and given proper mathematic treatment. This is one of the chief differences between a radar device and a microwave device. As an example, a 12” square wall stretch scanned with a radar device would result in an image that clearly indicates the areas where mold/moisture is present and where it isn’t. On the other hand, using an infrared camera on the same wall section would generate an image that wasn’t as clear.
As if this wasn’t enough to point out radar’s superiority to infrared when it came to mold detection, there is also the fact that radar technology is cheaper as compared to equivalent infrared devices!
While this initial research into the potential of radar technology for generating image maps of mold growth in hard to examine places has shown much promise, further research is required before radar technology becomes sophisticated enough to separate the mold growth from just the moisture alone.
According to DeJesus, the researchers were currently facing difficulty in telling apart a thin layer of mold from harmless water. He further stated that if the technology’s mathematical end was developed further, the problem may be resolved.
Whatever the case may be, it is quite likely that you’ll be seeing mold inspection and remediation companies adopting this technology in the years to come – it will mean a cheaper inspection for them, and by extension, you.
The history and engineering of air purifiers is a fascinating story, and one few people know or pay attention to despite it being very common to install air purifiers in houses and buildings in modern society.
Need for Air Purifiers
The main reason or purpose for air purifies is to remove irritating or harmful particles from the air. These particles could be dust particles, pollen, or smoke, all of which have detrimental effects when breathed in. They can also cause a lot of discomfort in some individuals. While the majority of people who use air purifiers tend to be those who have medical complications and respiratory problems, air purifiers are also highly used by those who are health conscious.
The need to come up with a way to provide relief for asthmatics and people suffering from respiratory problems created the demand for air purification and inventors responded with some primitive systems. Today, air purifiers have evolved into highly complex marvels of modern engineering.
The Creation of Air Purifiers
Air purifiers are believed to have been developed as early as the 16th century. The concept of air purifiers began as an air respirator, which was worn over the mouth or nose of a person in order to filter the air. This would prevent the person from breathing in any harmful particles.
In the 19th century, far more effective air purifiers were developed. Some of them were designed to be able to remove up to 99% of air particles.
Although the industrial revolution was a very important turning point in world history, it resulted in severe pollution in big cities. The health effects of breathing in contaminated air were also becoming more understood, particularly by the regular citizen. In response to this, engineers and inventors were pushed to continue their work on different air purification systems.
Air purifiers would later be highly used and further developed alongside the development of atomic bombs to protect the scientists working on them.
Today’s Air Purifiers & the Future
Today, air purifying systems are readily available and are highly recommended for asthmatics and people with allergies. In the modern market, you will find air purifiers that can sterilize the air and others that are designed to trap particles in the air and remove harmful gasses. They are used in both residential and commercial applications.
The future of air purifiers looks very bright even if they might not resemble the air purifiers you see and are familiar with today. For instance, imagine a scenario where building materials themselves have the capability of passively attracting particles and cleaning the air throughout entire buildings. Similarly, imagine a future where road materials absorb the harmful exhaust from cars.
Since air pollutants have continued to increase as populations become more urban, highly effective air purifiers will continue to be required. As always, engineers and inventors are on the move to come up with products that fit the changing world and take advantage of new technology.
Air purifier guide (2014), Retrieved from HealthyAirLab.
There are many insurance companies available these days; what this means is more insurance related career opportunities for actuaries, claim adjusters, legal assistants (also known as paralegals), marketing representatives and insurance agents. These are some of the most crucial insurance related careers that are also very well paying salary wise. If you need proof, according to certifiedparalegal.net, an entry level job as paralegal can net you close to $75K.
Fortunately, there are several other career opportunities available with insurance companies. So if you are an IT technician or a trained engineer, your options are not only limited to IT related companies.
There are several high paying positions you can take up in insurance companies. Below are three well paying tech jobs available at any insurance company.
Insurance companies need to maintain a huge database for clients, as well as related financial information. This can be a very big and complex database, depending on the size of the company. Information such as car registration, payment status, owner addresses and related information all need to be maintained in this database. The database should be organized in such a manner that this information is very easy to access when required.
In order to maintain this, an insurance company needs to employ an in house IT technician who will construct the DB and maintain the storage and archival system. They also ensures that transfers between such DBs happens efficiently at all times. The data architect must also be in a position to visualize the data contained in the database through graphs and charts, for later analysis by the insurance experts like actuaries and underwriters.
A database administrator is an important position in the insurance industry. An administrator collects and organizes all the important data such as financial or client information; this may be accomplished using special software. Database administrators are also tasked with the job of ensuring all company data is secure and completely inaccessible for unauthorized personnel.
They also troubleshoot system faults and ensure everything is up and running at all times. Insurance companies would rather have such a person on their team than outsource one, since outsourcing can be very costly and also result in time wastage in the unfortunate event that the system encounters problems and fails.
A security administrator does a similar job as a database administrator, the only difference is that their main objective is security of the network and the information that pasess through it. Insurance companies with offices spread out around the world rely on remote servers and VPNs, both for a more centralized data storage and a secure network, so that all employees around the globe can collaborate securely.
A security administrator needs to ensure all servers run smoothly and that the system is as secure as possible. They ensure that all company communication is well protected and cannot be intercepted at any point. They design the system access privileges and oversees server activity to ensure all data stored on the company’s server is intact and out of reach for unauthorized persons.
You do need not have to pursue an insurance related career in order to secure high paying positions in insurance companies. With these positions, you can still join a insurance company and enjoy good pay.
Insurance companies can also offer many career opportunities for individuals trained in other fields not specifically related to insurance. Even though the above examples are specific to the tech and engineering field, you should know that there are other options as well. Just because engineers administer the servers and applications, it does not mean electricians are not needed to plan the power behind the data-centers and server rooms.
In fact, without a properly trained electrician, such as the ones we use that took a rigorous electrician course at electriciannow.org, who know and understand the importance of clean power to these high end systems, one surge in the electrical power distribution can shut down a while system. Believe me, it happened to me. It is not a pretty sight when you have smoke coming out of a server housing 1,000s of insurance policies!
As a software engineer I am always looking for ways to improve electronic devices, whether they are small gadgets or complex computer systems. This has in many cases led me to some very interesting contracts, because finding ways to do something better is what loads of companies are looking for. On many occasions I have found myself looking at a piece of software, like a phone app, and I start criticizing design and functionality, or lack thereof.
What I then do is contact the makers of the software and provide them with a quick run-down of some of the problems I found and offer some solutions. This is one of the most lucrative ways I have found when cold calling different organizations. In some situations I don’t get to improve a system officially so I then try and either improve it myself or create a new one if it doesn’t take too much time.
One such situation I had been spending a lot of time thinking about is the fact that cell phones and home phones just seem to be completely different entities. I know that a lot of people no longer have standard home phones, but as a self-employed person with a home office I need one for reliable client contact.
What annoyed me was that I have a smartphone and a home phone system but there was no way to synchronize them or integrate their functionality. For me the problem was that cell phone and home phone systems are basically closed off for modification and there is very little available in the open source world that could be used.
All I really wanted to be able to do is sync my contacts and have all incoming calls go to one device while I was at home. But finally the tech market has come up with a solution that solves my exact problem. Basically you can buy a Bluetooth cordless home phone and then pair it with your smartphone. I was skeptical at first, but the advice provided in these cordless phone reviews was very compelling and made me take the plunge.
I am so glad I did this and Bluetooth is the perfect technology to use for this. Once the pairing was set up between my Android, iPhone and new home phone system it was all set and incoming cell phone calls would be routed through, via Bluetooth, to my cordless phone. And it works so seamlessly I was amazed at how simple a solution it was.
All my contacts are now on all devices so I do not have to enter new numbers on multiple devices and I do not have to guess who is calling when I just see a number on the display. This great solution has really simplified my telecoms system for private and business use and I have recommended it to all of my friends and business contacts. It is inexpensive and really simple to set up which is exactly what I try to advocate with my clients.
The first paintball marker was a relatively recent invention and the first paintball game was an even more recent development.
As with many technologies, the original paint guns (or ‘markers’), first devised in the 1940s by the Alabama-based Nelson Paint Company, have been modified and had little to do with sport and competition. Instead, their initial function was the marking of trees and livestock, using a less accurate paint spray rather than the modern paintballs we have come to know. In order to resolve issues of inaccuracy and poor range the Nelson Paint Company devised a gelatine capsule filled with paint, capable of being shot longer distances and with more precise marking for hard to reach areas. With this creation in hand Nelson Paint joined Crosman in order to mass-produce and sell their improved ‘markers’. The first model, the ‘Crosman 707′, was simply a modified ‘Crosman 150′ pellet gun, with alterations made to the feed assembly and barrel. With poor sales of the ‘Crosman 707′, the company ceased production and Nelson joined with airgun manufacturer Daisy in order to once again manufacture the capsule-loaded markers. Daisy’s chief designer at the time, James Hale, created the ‘Splotchmaker’ in 1974, later renamed the ‘007 Nel-Spot’.
It was not until years later that the paintball marker became something more than an agricultural and forestry tool. The ‘007 Nel-Spot’ was used in a survival game of ‘Capture the Flag’ by a group of friends in 1981, inadvertently creating one of the most well-known and loved survival sports in recent times. One of the game’s participants, Bob Jones, featured the game in an article in Sports Illustrated, propelling the game into the public domain. The first official game took place in June of ’81 in New Hampshire under the name National Survival Game (NSG). Shortly after, Bob Gurnsey opened the first commercial NSG field. With the dramatic rise in interest and sales Nelson Paint and NSG entered into a contract, granting Nelson Paint sole distribution of equipment. With few patents in place PMI (Pursuit Marketing Inc.) formed a competing business with Benjamin Sheridan Air Rifle Company as their manufacturer, with the resulting ‘PMI-1′ as a direct competition to the ‘007 Nel-Spot’.
With such lax patents, a number of manufactures began to produce and alter the paintball marker. In the early 1980s companies such as Sheridan added pump handles, making re-cocking easier and more efficient. By the late 1980s the majority of paintball markers had also done away with 12-gm. paintball cartridges in favor of the top-loading tank (allowing for CO2 ‘constant-air’ propulsion) – allowing for more fluid game-play. In addition, the once compact handguns began to alter in appearance with the introduction of barrel extenders, essentially turning the marker into a rifle.
In 1988 the IPPA (International Paintball Players Association) was founded in order to regulate the ever-growing sport. Safety became a priority for the Association as more powerful paintball guns began to show up on store shelves. In order to prevent serious injury the maximum speed limit was set at 300 fps – this has since become the international standard for paintball manufacturers.
The most important development in recent times was the introduction of the electro-pneumatic valve paintball marker, ‘The Shocker’ by PneuVentures Inc. in the mid ’90s allowing for a semi-automatic ball loading and delivery using a solenoid actuator. This development has allowed an electro-pneumatic marker to fire more than 20 balls per second. The excellent engineering of the Azodin Kaos is another modern example one can look at to see current day innovation.
Today, markers come in all shapes and capabilities, but the same basic mechanism as the originals can still be seen, even in the most advanced models.
Leaving my full time job and working as a freelance web developer has pretty much transformed my life. It provides me with a freedom that I could only dream of at my old job. Now I work fewer hours, can work any where in the world and at any time that I want. This all started around 3 years ago when I was still working as a computer programmer at my old job. Life was great until I got into a car accident which caused a whiplash injury to my neck. Several doctor visits later, I was still in a lot of pain and the official prognosis was that the pain will eventually go away. The continuous pain affected my performance at work and eventually I was let go after 6 months. The car accident was not my fault, but yet, I was paying for it by getting fired and living with pain all day long. I even tried to get legal help and claimed whiplash compensation, but the red tape and bureaucracy is mind numbing. When my lawyer could not help, I scoured the internet to find resources to help with my claim. Eventually I gave up and just waited for thing to get better.
Getting fired from my job turned out to be one of the best things that have happened to me. Now that I had a lot of free time, most of which was spent online, I looked at some freelance websites and got a couple of small projects. I never realized that this could be converted into a full time income, but I eventually involved in a big project, paying really well. That was when I decided that I would not go back to my corporate job and just try to make a full time income as a freelancer. It took a lot of hard work and dedication but eventually I was making a six figure income from freelancing.
My experience with the government left me jaded and I couldn’t help resent paying taxes to the government when their legal system failed to provide me with protection when I needed it the most. I did a lot of research about changing nationalities and ended up moving to Dubai. It offered a great life style and best of all, there’s no income tax. The moving process was simple enough. I found tons of information online about moving companies in Dubai and it took only 3 weeks to plan and move all my stuff across the Atlantic.
As a freelancer, there’s tons of opportunities in Dubai. First of all, you can get access to cheap skilled labor from all the neighboring Asian countries. A lot of my work is repetitive and is usually outsourced. Now I have an office in downtown Dubai and have a staff of content writers and developers who help manage my growing list of clients. Previously I used to outsource most of my work, but it’s a lot better to have these people working alongside you in the same office. I have also had a good experience with investing in real estate here in Dubai. With the huge influx of expats moving into UAE, the real estate is a scarce commodity. House pricing have been on a steady increase since the bust in 2008 and provides a great investment opportunity.
Binoculars aim at achieving the objective of a closer look for objects at a distance. Though all brands of binoculars aim at achieving this objective, they come with different specifications. In this, you will find different binoculars to serve different purposes.
This aspect is enhancing especially with the advancement in technology. Technological advancement is improving the functionality of binoculars. The following are some of the top high tech binoculars the market has to offer.
Sony DEV 50V Digital Recording Binoculars
This set of binoculars from Sony takes one of the top positions due to the following features.
- It comes with seamless zoom that ranges from as low as 0.8x all the way to 25x magnification.
- It can be used for sharp images even in deem lighting thanks to its OLED finder.
- It is also designed to be dust proof and rain proof. This makes it ideal for also the outdoors without exposing it to too much risk.
- Its visibility is enhanced with its steady image stabilization feature. It does not stop at this; visibility is also enhanced with its autofocus hyper gain feature. This promotes better viewing is low-light environments.
These features enable viewing of fast moving objects under any environment.
Canon 10×30 IS Ultra- Compact Binoculars
These Binoculars from Canon has its set of outstanding features too. These include:
- It comes with a built-in image stabilizer for better focus.
- Its doublet field-flattener feature allows for a sharp image view from all angles.
- To prevent fatigue, it comes with long eye relief.
- To ensure it does not get damaged by water, it is coated by a rubber coating. This rubber coating also promotes a firm grip.
- It comes with a compact design with a magnification is constant at 10x.
Leica Geovid HD-B Laser Rangefinder Binoculars
Leica has introduced these binoculars with an outstanding integrated ballistic system. This tool targets hunters and shooters. The aim gets better even from a distance. The system in place ensures that the individual is accurate without having to spend so much time aiming at the target.
It is also light in weight. If you are looking to hunt without getting too close to the target, this is the binoculars for you. You can also use it if hunting is simply a sport for you.
Zeiss Victory T RF Range finding Binoculars
These binoculars take hunting to a whole new level. Other than the ballistic information system, it also comes with a digital laser rangefinder. This combination works to capture a hunters’ target market who take hunting seriously.
It is waterproof, fog proof as well as dustproof making it ideal for the outdoors. It comes with an average of 10x magnifications allowing for clarity. To prevent fatigue and loss of focus, it comes with eye relief of 15.5mm.
The above binoculars are reviews of the top high tech binoculars introducing to the market technological advancement. They define quality, durability, accuracy, as well as a well-defined level of functionality.
Within a customer’s mind, there is nothing any more unprofessional than getting in touch with a company and getting a full voicemail message inbox, busy signal or even worse – having absolutely no answer at all. Thankfully, with new and constantly improving cloud based technologies, even the smallest companies can easily have advanced business phone systems like Fortune 500 companies without having to break the bank. So, if you are managing a one-man operation or have merely a handfull of employees, how could you ensure that your telephone system is sufficient? Purchase a Hosted PBX solution.
Basically, Hosted PBX is a type of cloud-based Voice over ip technology that enables small and sometimes medium-sized companies to get an advanced phone system at a very reasonable cost and with no upfront investment in phone equipment. Having a hosted PBX business phone system, just the phones are in your business. The expenses and obligation of powering, sustaining, and supporting the telephone system are handled by the cloud pbx provider and monitored remotely.
The Benefits of Hosted PBX
When compared to a conventional phone service or workplace telephone system, cloud PBX provides several benefits to assist in making your business thrive. Here are some key features.
Initial and Recurring Savings
With a cloud PBX solution, your workplace phone system is managed and taken care of by your service provider, therefore there is no reason to purchase a large upfront investment by buying a business office telephone system. Since your equipment is rented from the service provider, there’s also zero cost for long term repairs, upkeep or improvements.
Telephone Feature Set
Like a Fortune 500 phone system, a virtual hosted PBX solution allows you to transfer phone callers, create conference calls, create customized hold audio or messaging and call forwarding all from an automated assistant, just to name just a few!
If they will work at home, in different offices, using mobile phones or working abroad, a cloud hosted pbx telephone system lets personnel work from anywhere yet still be linked to the same business phone system.
A Hosted PBX phone system enables you to have numerous telephone numbers all linked to one phone system. No matter where you or your subscriber base is – NY, Taiwain, or simply across town, you’re able to create a local presence by providing local exchange telephone numbers for your clients around the world.
Improved Client Loyalty
Making customers feel appreciated is essential to developing customer loyalty and using a voip cloud PBX system, you’re able to do just that. Using features such as automatic attendant, call forwarding and call waiting, there is no doubt they are going to feel well looked after during their calls!
A high quality sounding phone solution provides instant trustworthiness to even the most basic businesses, which explains why this kind of product is a simple and cost-effective option for businesses seeking to go a step further for customers.
In contrast to conventional telephone systems that are restricted to the amount of users they are able to support and by the number of lines that were initially bought from a local exchange, PBX in the cloud systems can easily grow as your company grows. It is super simple to add or eliminate extensions to satisfy your company needs.
In comparison to a conventional phone system which may be labor and time-consuming, a cloud phone system will have your company phone system running very quickly.
Ease of Use
Web-based administration portals enable you to manage, monitor, and make modifications to your Hosted VOIP service anytime, without the assistance of the provider. It is an easy way to keep an eye on your system – with absolutely no unique skills or knowledge required!
Today’s clients require professionalism and reliability whenever communicating with companies both large and small, making a Hosted PBX solution an asset for just about any company seeking to improve their credibility and as a result, drive sales. Using the help of a cloud based PBX provider, your company can easily relax, understanding that you’ve got a trustworthy partner looking after you and portraying a professional image for your customers.
I recently purchased the Epic Soccer Skills training online course, and couldn’t be happier with the results I have gotten so far. To be honest I was always kind of ambivalent toward soccer. It just didn’t interest me that much. But then one day I was invited to play at one of the companies I was consulting at, to be honest I felt that I hadn’t really connected with many people at the company and I thought playing a bit of soccer might help me bond with my new team mates. Before I knew it the game became a focal point for me. I loved it, but as a novice I simply wasn’t very good at it yet. I’ve played other sports before, so finding myself in a position of not being as good as the others was really frustrating to me. I needed to improve my soccer skills, and I needed to do it quickly. As much as I loved soccer I simply wasn’t willing to continue to be on the receiving end of losing battles.
Improving my soccer game
The first thing I did was to start watching classic soccer games. I figured that if professional athletes watch old games, then there must be something to it. I studied the moves of the all time greats, and watched how they played with their team mates. Soccer is a team sport, and learning how the great players played with their team mates was a great step forward for me. The next thing I did was buy a new pair of indoor soccer shoes. If I was going to excel at this sport then I knew that I needed the right equipment. A new pair of indoor soccer shoes would give me the foundation I needed to begin to train and play at a higher level.
The most important thing I did
Without a doubt the most important thing I did was purchase an on-line soccer training program. I knew that I needed to improve, and I knew that I needed to work more than the other players that I played with and against. Since I was new to soccer my skills simply were not up to their level. With the online training program I purchased I was able to get in the extra work that I needed. I was able to master the fundamentals, and learn the skills that I would need to succeed as a soccer player. While the online training I was doing was certainly no substitute for actually playing, I did notice that it made me improve as a player much more quickly than I thought was possible. Repetition and practice are the keys to mastering any type of sport, and online training can help you to do this even when you don’t have the time or ability to actually take the field and play.
I’m getting better!
I can now proudly say that my abilities as a soccer player are far more advanced than they were when I first took up the sport. I attribute a lot of that improvement to my own dedication, but cannot help but to acknowledge the role that online training has played in my development. The extra practice that online training helped me to get in has allowed my skills in soccer to catch up and even surpass many of the more experienced players that I play with and against.
With technology advancing at its rapid pace, it’s no surprise that just about every industry has incorporated, newer, better, faster technology as a means to do business and to service their customers. The Police Force is no different. However, they operate on a much larger scale, and their business is to protect and serve. Many Police departments now have the means to incorporate such technology into their police work.
Thanks to CSI we are all familiar with florescent crime lights. Police now have access to newer, more powerful crime lights that are being used at crime scenes to detect even the slightest hair or fiber, or the faintest trace of a finger print. RapiDNA is now available to some units and is able to provide accurate DNA results in as little as 60 minutes.
Thanks to GPS on our smart phones, we’re all able to navigate around a little easier, here are two ways the police is using GPS to keep us safe. 911 dispatchers are now using GPS to determine the closest unit to the scene of the emergency and dispatch them. Without a doubt this saves valuable time in an emergency related situation. Another GPS feature now being utilized is the GPS dart system. According to the FBI one in every one hundred high speed chases results in at least one fatality. The GPS dart system allows an officer to shoot a device equipped with GPS at the moving vehicle, it attaches to the vehicle and allows police to back off in their pursuit, and the GPS device will continue to track the movements of the vehicle until it’s safe for the police to resume their pursuit.
Man’s best friend is also getting an upgrade in the technology department. Testing has been underway to have K-9 police dogs fitted with cameras and two way radios so that their handler can give commands without having to be right next to them.
Technology like iPads that we’ve all come to love, is being used to write tickets, record statements, fill out accident reports, and it allows the officer to do anything in field that normally would have required a trip back to the office. Social media is also being used by law enforcement to solicit crime tips, or to notify the public of safety concerns.
Flying drones have been incorporated to assist in a dangerous or hostile environment. The drone can reach 300 feet in the air and can display the activity without the police being in harm’s way.
Thanks to both technology and modern medicine, advanced prosthetics are now available to disabled officers who otherwise would have no longer have been able to physically perform their duties. Another advanced concept is a device that’s worn as a sleeve that has a built in video display, camera, laser beam, and a stun gun for self defense. Maybe the days of Robocop aren’t as far away or farfetched as they used to be.
Method 1: Freelancing
Freelancing in one of the easiest ways to make money on the side, there are a lot of sites that offer freelancing opportunities,the deal is about selecting the best one from it. If you go over these websites you can find that there are a lot of options to win money, even to make a full time income. Some people shares lots of interesting reasons also to do freelancing, a can give you a few:
- You set your own work schedule
- You Can work on any area of your interest
- Master how to make good relations with clients, this is a great skill to have.
- Once you have a good reputation you can charge a lot of money
For example a good friend of mine made a lot of money building responsive websites for plastic surgeons, is not dificult to make sites like this one, you just need to learn some wordpress and css skills. He’s even taking clients from other countries like Colombia, cirugia especializada is one of the sites he worked on this year. You don’t need to know what’s a “lipolisis laser” or “rinoplastia” or even learn to speak spanish, you can freelance all the activities that require spanish or niche specific skills.
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Method 2: Make a flash game
Making online games, placing some ads on the game and them giving the game away for free seems like a bad idea.. but it can make you a lot of money. I have a good example: The Tower Defense game, according this interview, Paul Preese, the author of the game, is making $8,000 per month.
So here’s a couple of great ways to earn money with online flash games:
- Find an crazy investor and convince him to give you a million dollars (LOL)
- Find a good distribution network and promote your app to get enough customers willing to download it and pay.
- Make a entertaining Flash game, give it away for free, place some ads on the game and watch the ad revenue pour in when the game goes viral.
Method 3: build a trendy application
You have a million dollar idea? you can build an app and market it through different kinds of media, and find some partners.. not only internet but also other channels. This is not a quick method to earn money on the side, but if the idea is good and you find the right way to market it.. you will certainly earn some bucks out of it. So ultimately you will be rewarded for your hard wark.
What other method do you know? please share it with us in the comments!